The Enlargement of the European Union: Issues and Strategies

The Enlargement of the European Union: Issues and Strategies

The Enlargement of the European Union: Issues and Strategies

The Enlargement of the European Union: Issues and Strategies

Synopsis

This volume looks at the process of enlargment which the European Union is currently undertaking, focusing on both the economic and political dimensions of the subject. The volume examines how enlargment has evolved and looks at the roles and relations of the different actors - member states, applicant states and EU institutions. With contributors coming from different disciplinary backgrounds, the volume offers an unusually rich array of perspectives on one of the most significant political developments of recent years.

Excerpt

This volume brings together a selection of contributors who first presented papers to a conference entitled Enlarging the European Union: Issues and Strategies, organised by the Institute of European Studies of the University of Geneva, the European Institute in Basel and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), in September 1996. the conference brought together academics and officials working in the area, in order to confront the latest theoretical thinking with, and practical information specific to, individuals actually working on the issues. On the academic side, care was taken to invite representatives of different disciplines—political science, geopolitics, economics, international relations—so as to cover as many aspects as possible. the issues, which were identified in 1996, are still with us today, and will accompany the negotiators in the years ahead. New questions will doubtless emerge. No volume of this type can hope to do more than to capture the main elements apparent at a particular point of this complex process.

The approach of this volume, and which guides its structure, is to chart the unfolding enlargement process. Part I provides an overview of the formal enlargement process and the progress the applicant states have made on their economic transition. Part ii explores a significant stage of the application process that was the completion of the questionnaires by the applicant states in 1996. the following part (Part III) takes the story on from the completion of the questionnaires by the applicant states to the European Union’s (EU) Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) that formally opened in 1996. Part iv stands back from the actual enlargement process and the igc negotiations to explore the geopolitical consequences of the enlargement process. a postscript then brings the story right up to date, detailing the method and the conditions of the enlargement negotiations as of May 1998. in exploring the enlargement process in this manner, through these different parts, it is intended to explore both the dynamics and the details of the unfolding enlargement story.

The text opens with the chapter, entitled ‘Europe growing together’ by Leszek Balcerowicz, formerly Minister of Economy and Finance, currently Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, and is based on a paper presented to the conference while its author was (briefly) out of office, exercising his more

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.